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May

May

Did you know that in May:

Fruit trees will burst into blossom and the branches become busy with bees

and other insects collecting pollen.

At this time of year the riverbanks are bursting with life. Kingfishers feed

her young that are hiding in the sandy banks, whilst the mallard ducklings

follow her mother.

Dragonflies, damselflies and mayflies can be seen flying across the waters.

Mayflies spend a year or more as nymphs and before they leave the water and take their

adult form. Their adult life lasts only one day because they cannot feed; their only goal is

to mate and lay eggs before they die.

 

How many of these things will you see?

 

bluebells

a fern uncurling

 

a dragonfly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

a ladybird flying 

 

broken egg shells

 

Things to do:

Dandelion secrets

Find an area where many dandelions are

growing and pick one. Look at the stem

– a white liquid or sap will be oozing out.

You can use this white sap as an invisible ink!

Just draw on a piece of paper using the stem sap. It will be very

difficult to read. Leave to dry and your picture or message will then

be clear to see!

Be careful when handling dandelions, as the sap can occasionally cause skin irritation

in people with very sensitive skin, and may also stain clothes, so use with care!

 

 

 

 

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